November 7, 2013
Several readers have recently asked this question about buying a Corribee. I suppose the answer is that the best time to buy is when you find a boat that suits you, but there is a lot to be said for buying at the end of the season. To start with, you get time to sort out a mooring or berth, and time to check your new acquisition over before the relaunch in the Spring. There will undoubtedly be some maintenance to do, such as anti-fouling and servicing the engine, but by doing it yourself you will have the satisfaction of a job well done.
While the extra time that an Autumn purchase is especially useful for project boats that need a fair bit of work done, don’t forget that many Corribee owners have maintained their boats in top condition, almost regardless of expense. These boats may seemingly command a slightly higher price but actually represent exceptional value – they come with a good inventory and a very short list of ‘things to do’. Just such a bargain is Shamrock of Halton Quay, a MkII fin keeler lying at Gosport. Loaded with useful gear and ready to sail away, if you’re looking for a good quality boat check the For Sale page for the full details.
December 17, 2012
Mingming on her 2009 voyage
Small boat sailing on a budget is not usually the staple fair of large boat shows, and as a Corribee owner I have often felt out of place at anything grander than a boat jumble. Not the case in London this year – the London International Boat Show organisers have invited Roger Taylor to exhibit Mingming at next month’s show at Edexcel. As part of a special attraction on world cruising, Mingming will be displayed fully rigged, exactly as she was on her return from Roger’s Arctic voyage in 2011. For any Corribee or Coromandel owner this is an excellent opportunity to see first hand the modifications and alterations needed for this sort of voyage, and Roger will be very happy to talk to any Corribee owners. For those of us who prefer to read about, rather than sail to far-flung parts, Roger will have copies of all his books available to sign and sell (in three different languages). There will also be specialists who provide equipment for this type of journey on hand, along with a photographic display of the world’s oceans.
November 19, 2012
Every now and then a boat appears on the market that needs a refurb – a bit more than new cushions and a bit of varnish. With larger boats this can be more than a little daunting, but something Corribee or Coromandel-sized is much easier to tackle. The costs are lower with small boats, and it is often possible to trailer them to ones’ own driveway which makes the work much more convenient.
We’ve just been asked to place a For Sale advert for just such a boat, in this case a Coromandel that unfortunately broke its’ mooring. Luckily there is not too much damage, certainly nothing that can’t be repaired with a little knowledge of grp work, and some of the more expensive work has already been done. There is also a trailer available which makes the prospect of renovation work even more feasible, so for anyone looking for a project over the winter have a look at the For Sale page. More information is documented on the owners blog at http://tmiajrb.blogspot.co.uk.
(Edit: Missy Moto has now found a new owner and is being repaired and restored.)
September 26, 2012
A tale of two voyages, Roger’s latest book gives a fascinating account of sailing in Northern waters. On first receiving the book I sat down to read the preface, intending to make a start on Chapter One later in the evening after work. Anyone who has read Roger’s previous books will know that this is not possible – within a few minutes all thought of work had gone. Every page is packed with fascinating detail, all written in a style that makes it impossible to put down.
||…by midnight we were racing along under bare poles, driven on by a full sub-Arctic gale. Black cloud had long since fused into black night and so we ran on into the very heart of darkness. Mingming skipped easily through the building seas; with the wind fine on the port quarter she was at her happiest. I squeezed myself into my sleeping bag and dozed on and off. There was little else to do. The self-steering was set and the hatch and port light sealed. Doubly cocooned I saw out the brief night.
Mingming and the Tonic of Wildness is available from Roger’s website, from Amazon and many other on-line bookshops. Author: Roger D Taylor, ISBN 978-0-9558035-3-6, pub. Fitzroy Press.
June 9, 2012
A few weeks ago I had to go to Keyhaven to collect a boat for delivery to Cowes. We entered through Hawkers Lake as we had arrived at the top of the spring tide, and made our way past a line of moored boats, one of which was a very pretty looking Corribee. Unusually, it was fitted with portlights rather than the usual large side windows. While portlights are normal for a junk-rigger I have never seen them before on a standard Corribee.
Although the owner was planning to sell, he has just been in contact to say that he intends to keep her for the meantime.
UPDATE January 2013 – Pisces has now been sold, see the For Sale page
In the last few months there have been several very quick sales, so it’s worth checking the For Sale page frequently if you are looking. This is the latest advert, a very tidy looking late mkII bilge-keeler complete with a 4 wheel trailer:
April 29, 2012
This month Adlard Coles Nautical is publishing a stunning photographic book by Vanessa Bird called Classic Classes, this is a complete reference to the classic yachts and dinghies still sailing today. Focusing on the most well-known, popular and enduring designs – from the 7ft Optimist to the 125ft J class – this beautifully illustrated book showcases 144 boats from across the world, with a wealth of detail on each class, including:
- the origins and history of the class
- what it’s like to sail one
- fascinating stories about the boat, who sailed her, and her development
- stunning photography, sailplans and sail symbol
- full detail on her length, layout and designer
Featuring designers from an internationally recognised hall of fame including William Fife, Olin Stevens, Maurice Griffiths and Uffa Fox, Classic Classes is the perfect resource for classic boat owners and enthusiasts worldwide, whether their interest lies in high-performance thoroughbred racers, well-loved creek crawling cruisers or popular home-built classic dinghies. Published in advance of the 2012 Olympics, there is also a section devoted to the 46 Olympic classes.
To order your copy today visit the Adlard Coles Nautical website at the following link http://www.acblack.com/nautical/Classic-Classes/Vanessa-Bird/books/details/9781408158913.
And yes, it does include a section on the Corribee!
April 19, 2012
Spotted on one of Dylan Winter’s excellent sailing videos – a Coromandel at around 4m 52s. We’ve posted links to Dylan’s work before, and they are an excellent source of inspiration for coastal cruisers, creek crawlers and anyone else who enjoys mucking about in boats or boating about in muck.
January 6, 2012
Some time ago I promised to prepare the tooling and jigs for a small run of replacement Corribee tillers. This happened in January 2012 and I have since made up three batches in various timbers and sizes (see HERE). Just the answer if your present tiller is cosmetically challenged or you need a spare for emergencies.
Most popular so far is the short pattern in solid teak or iroko. I hope to keep a small number in stock, just in case an urgent replacement is needed, but will also be able to make to order in case your choice of timber is not available off the shelf (turn-round time is usually less than a week).
A couple of the laminated tillers – a short pattern in mahogany/spruce and a long pattern in English oak/spruce:
September 12, 2011
Yet another epic voyage to Northern waters, this time well into the Arctic and reaching a point north-west of Spitzbergen. If my map reading is correct it is approximately as shown by the green arrow on the Google Maps screenshot below:
Roger has kindly submitted an account of his travels which is reproduced here, and you can find more information on his own site www.thesimplesailor.com/
May 26, 2011
We have updates on the Boat Register, Chain-hawse, Mast, Roger Taylor / Mingming and Spray hood pages. Would you like to contribute an article? Check out our new article wish list.